Cavaliers 125-113 Nets – NBA Nets suffer consecutive defeats to Cavs
Kyrie Irving finally returned to the Brooklyn Nets line-up to team up with James Harden for the first time, but two consecutive defeats to the Cavaliers show they’ve got some work to do.
The pair put up good numbers individually, especially Irving who scored 75 points across the two games, but a lack of team chemistry cost the Nets in the back-to-back contests.
Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton was a thorn in the Nets‘ side in both encounters, following up a 42-point night on Wednesday by dropping 25 points on Friday in the 125-113 win.
In the first match-up, which went to a double overtime, Brooklyn debuted their new and expensive big three of Irving, Harden and Kevin Durant, but it wasn’t the start they were hoping for.
Durant was rested as a precaution in the second game, in which Cavs centre Andre Drummond dropped a double-double.
As part of the blockbuster four-team trade that took Harden to Brooklyn, Jarrett Allen moved from the Nets to Cleveland.
The 22-year-old centre, drafted by the Nets in 2017, came back to haunt his former team, following up a double-double on Wednesday by bagging 19 points on Friday.
Harden also managed a double-double on Friday, but the Nets defence wasn’t good enough and the Cavs made their dominance on the boards count, grabbing 21 more rebounds than the visitors.
Brooklyn will look to get back to winning ways and improve that vital team chemistry with another double header, this time at home against the Miami Heat, starting on Saturday night.
The Cavaliers, on a three-game winning streak, travel to play the Boston Celtics, who sit one place above them in the Eastern Conference, on Sunday night.